by DONALD COTTON
first broadcast - 6th November 1965
CASSANDRA: Then woe to the house of Priam. Woe to the Trojans!
PARIS: I'm afraid you're a bit late to say 'whoa' to the horse. I've just given instructions to have it brought into the city!
(The Horse is dragged in by soldiers and a large crowd is gathering to watch the spectacle.)
CASSANDRA: (looking from balcony) Of all the idiocy! To have it brought into the city!
PARIS: Why? Th... That horse is in the image of one of our gods!
CASSANDRA: It's a trick. My dreams have always been right and they foretell disaster.
PARIS: (sneering) Now were they right about that little temple? That has brought us nothing but good luck.
CASSANDRA: Good luck you call it. The whole family besotted by that sorceress!
PRIAM: Oh, I do wish you'd stop calling Cressida that. And I would call it luck to have the entire Greek army removed from our shores. Peace, at last. Though the arrival of the horse is a little puzzling.
PARIS: Well, Cressida probably arranged it, and the very sight of it just... just frightened the Greeks away.
TROILUS: Where is Cressida?
PARIS: Oh, she's probably down in the square watching them bring in the horse.
TROILUS: Oh, then I'd better go look for her. I don't like her to go wandering round the city on her own.
PRIAM: No. Bring her back up here again. She'll get a better b... view.
(CASSANDRA moves to where KATARINA, a handmaiden, is standing and whispers to her.)
CASSANDRA: Katarina! Go and look for the sorceress. I don't trust my lovesick brother.
KATARINA: But great priestess the auguries said...
CASSANDRA: Do you dare to question me?
(KATARINA hangs her head.)
CASSANDRA: Very well then. Go and watch for that girl.
(KATARINA leaves the throne room worriedly.)
(VICKI is descending into the gloom. STEVEN sees her approaching through the bars.)
STEVEN: What's going on up there?
VICKI: They're just bringing the horse into the city. Follow me.
DOCTOR: Oh, I'm still very worried about those fetlocks.
ODYSSEUS: Be happy that's all you have to worry about. Of all the undignified ways of entering a city this takes _____.
DOCTOR: (cutting in) If only you would have allowed me another day to fit shock absorbers. _____. Oh!
(The DOCTOR is knocked from his feet by the movement of the horse.)
ODYSSEUS: Zeus be praised! We've arrived.
DOCTOR: (relieved) Oh! Well now, what is it you propose to do, hmm?
ODYSSEUS: We wait Doctor, without movement.
(One of the soldiers drops his sword. ODYSSEUS rounds on his angrily.)
And in absolute silence.
(PARIS is rather pleased with himself.)
PARIS: There, father. The horse is safely installed. And you may notice, my sister, that nothing, ah, disastrous, has occurred.
CASSANDRA: Wait and see. There's time yet and mark my words that horse will be the doom of Troy.
PRIAM: (less than impressed) It's a little more rough hewn than I had expected. Well, since it's here we'd better take a closer look.
(STEVEN and VICKI are moving among the crowds towards the towering structure.)
STEVEN: That's some horse.
VICKI: If you can call it that.
STEVEN: The Doctor said...
(He cuts off as a group of Trojan soldiers begin laughing close by. STEVEN realises he is still dressed as a Greek and pulls VICKI away back into the crowd. They reach the safety of a nearby alley.)
VICKI: It'd be pretty silly if they caught you again.
STEVEN: Hmm, and you!
VICKI: What do you mean?
STEVEN: Well, if they find us together they'll know you let me out.
VICKI: (pointing at the horse) Look, they think I invoked that thing. I'm all right.
STEVEN: Yes, only so long as they think it's a gift from the gods. They'll know very differently once the Doctor and company come out of it.
VICKI: Do you think he's in it?
STEVEN: Well, it's likely isn't it? I mean he'll be worried about getting back to the TARDIS.
VICKI: He must be able to see he's got nothing to worry about. That thing is so rickety it must be full of peep holes.
STEVEN: All right, you do better in the time they had. Now I wonder why he didn't delay like we asked?
VICKI: He must have a plan of escape to rescue us. Cyclops must have told him where we were.
STEVEN: If Cyclops got through.
(VICKI notices KATARINA moving through the crowd as if searching for something or someone.)
VICKI: That is one of Cassandra's girls.
STEVEN: (whispering) What?
VICKI: That girl. I've seen her with Cassandra. She's a hand maid at the Temple or something.
STEVEN: Then she must be looking for you. Look, you go back. I'll find somewhere to hide around here.
VICKI: Look they trust me, I'd...
STEVEN: (firmly) You'd better go. In any case, Troilus will die of jealousy if he knows you're with me.
VICKI: And what is that supposed to mean?
STEVEN: (laughs) Oh, come off it Vicki. The way you two were carrying on back there in the...
VICKI: Troilus has been very kind to me and I'm very fond of him and if all you can do is...
STEVEN: (laughing and holding up his hands) I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I am sorry. OK. But, look. If you really are that fond of him you'd better tell him to get out of the city.
(She looks again towards the horse and the realisation of what is to come dawns on her.)
VICKI: You mean when they come out of that thing they... Steven!
STEVEN: It's possible isn't it? Tell him to get out of Troy, just to be on the safe side.
(TROILUS comes running up to PARIS, PRIAM and CASSANDRA who are making their way towards the horse.)
TROILUS: Diomede! He's gone.
PARIS: He's gone?
TROILUS: His cell is empty. The guards were locked in by a trick so they say.
CASSANDRA: That Cressida! Troy's doom is nigh!
TROILUS: Well, how could it be? She's one girl!
CASSANDRA: A girl you call her, you love sick fool. But, I know she's a witch and must be burnt along with that horse out there. See! There she stands.
(VICKI arrives through the parting crowd.)
PARIS: Now did you ever see someone so unlike a witch?
PRIAM: Now, now quiet all of you. Come here my child. Where have you been? We've been worried about you.
VICKI: I've just been out.
PRIAM: Yes, but where?
TROILUS: Look. You didn't free Diomede did you?
PRIAM: Yes. Your friend, the Greek prisoner. He has escaped. Did you set him free?
PARIS: Oh, that's nonsense. I mean how could she have?
CASSANDRA: By sorcery.
VICKI: I'm not a sorceress. Really, I'm not.
PRIAM: Oh, yes. I... I believe you my child. But, you must forgive us if we are naturally suspicious. This has been a long and difficult war and peace will take a little bit of getting used to.
CASSANDRA: My handmaiden Katarina will stay with her.
PRIAM: Very well. Come my children, our people have gone to the square of o... oratory, we must go and join them there and I must speak. And we must also make plans for the celebration.
(He turns to VICKI.)
Thank you my dear. See you later.
VICKI: Thank you. Thank you for being so kind to me.
PRIAM: My dear child this city owes it's salivation to you.
(PRIAM, and the others depart. VICKI paces in anguish.)
VICKI: Oh, no. Let it not happen.
KATARINA: Did you want something?
VICKI: No, thank you.
DOCTOR: How you can sit there so peacefully defeats me. Hmm. Have you no feelings? Hmm. No emotions? Hmm.
ODYSSEUS: I was thinking Doctor. That with any luck either Agamemnon or Achilles will not come through.
DOCTOR: You mean they'll desert us, hmm?
ODYSSEUS: ...die. Just a hope. One less finger in the pie. A greater share of the booty for me.
DOCTOR: That is a most immoral way of looking at life.
ODYSSEUS: Nonsense! It's the reason that I've been here for ten long years fighting all the time.
DOCTOR: Yes. Well, I must get out of here at once.
ODYSSEUS: You can't.
DOCTOR: (sarcastically) Ahh! I've only got to pull that lever and I can get back down into the square.
ODYSSEUS: (laughing) Yes, yes. But as I happen to be sitting on the rope you'll fall forty feet and break your neck.
DOCTOR: I will not be party to your schemes! You forced me to invent this contraption.
ODYSSEUS: I'm very glad I did, Doctor. Up to now it's been very satisfactory.
DOCTOR: You had no right to bring me here at all. I'm utterly useless to you.
(ODYSSEUS laughs heartily, and sarcastically the DOCTOR joins in.)
You must let me out of here. You're selfish, greedy, corrupt, cheap, horrible. Your one thought is for yourself and what you can get out of it.
(ODYSSEUS places a sword at the DOCTOR'S throat. The DOCTOR starts.)
ODYSSEUS: Be quiet old man.
DOCTOR: I will not be quiet. You may stay here if you wish to have your insignificant win. Your victory or whatever you call it, but you must let me out of here.
ODYSSEUS: One more word out of you and I shall kill you! You would be my first victim in Troy.
(The DOCTOR steps away from the hatch and ODYSSEUS lowers his sword.)
That's better. About now our ships should be returning, as you planned.
(The DOCTOR snorts derisorily.)
(VICKI is alone. TROILUS enters.)
VICKI: Oh. Oh, I'm so glad you've come.
TROILUS: I had to see you.
VICKI: Troilus... Dear Troilus. Will you do something for me?
VICKI: Leave the city.
VICKI: It's Diomede.
VICKI: I'm sure he's out on the plain. You've got to go and look for him and find him. If you bring him back you'll prove yourself the warrior you really are. He'll be your prisoner then as well as Paris'.
TROILUS: But, he may have been rescued by the Greeks by now.
VICKI: No, no, no. Paris said they'd all gone away and that was before he even escaped.
TROILUS: (suspiciously) Why this concern for Diomede? Is he?... Do you?... I mean are you in love with him?
VICKI: No, he's just a friend.
TROILUS: Then if he's your friend, why do you want him captured? To be a prisoner of war's considered very bad form.
VICKI: But... Oh, why won't you see? Go out and search for him on the plain!
TROILUS: Cressida I said I'd do anything for you, and a Trojan stands by his word. But, please, why do you want me to leave the city and go and search for a highly skilled Greek warrior.
VICKI: He isn't armed. I wouldn't send you out there if I thought anything could happen to you. I just want you to... I just want you to catch your own prisoner.
TROILUS: Did you mean that? About not wanting me hurt?
VICKI: Of course I did. I wouldn't ask you to do it otherwise.
TROILUS: Oh, Cressida.
VICKI: You haven't got time. You've got to go now.
(VICKI's tears well in her eyes.)
TROILUS: Don't worry. Everything's going to be all right.
(They embrace and TROILUS leaves.)
(It is night and the city is quiet. Slowly from the belly of the immense wooden horse a rope descends and the Greek soldiers drop to the ground. Eventually the DOCTOR comes uncomfortably down the rope followed by ODYSSEUS.)
ODYSSEUS: This plan of yours, Doctor, is going to be a great success. Stay close to me.
(ODYSSEUS motions his men and the DOCTOR to move out across the square.)
(Outside the walls of Troy, TROILUS is searching frantically.)
TROILUS: Diomede! Diomede where are you!
(ACHILLES who has been watching from behind some rocks, comes into view of the young Trojan.)
ACHILLES: What ails you, petty Princeling? Lost some plaything? The one you call for is long dead.
TROILUS: You're a Greek! I thought you'd sailed away. Who are you?
ACHILLES: You should not ask. My name is Achilles.
TROILUS: My brother's murderer.
ACHILLES: So, Prince Troilus, is it? Well, I killed your brother fairly. Fought him man to man. Alas, I cannot do the same for you. This would be the murder of a boy!
TROILUS: (aside) Has Cressida played me false?
(To ACHILLES) Very well. I'll fight my brother's murderer for I only live to kill Diomede.
ACHILLES: Who is already dead. So follow him, Trojan!
(They draw swords and fight ferociously. ACHILLES is surprised by TROILUS' ability and strength for his slender frame. ACHILLES manages to wound TROILUS as they fight but TROILUS is determined to avenge the death of his brother. He fells ACHILLES with a mighty blow.)
TROILUS: So died my brother. (pushing his sword in again) The wheel has spun full circle.
(He completes the deed with one more strike and ACHILLES groans and dies.)
Diomede, I lived to call down wrath for love of Cressida.
(The invasion of Troy is in full swing, Greeks pour through the street as the gates have now been opened.)
(In the Palace PRIAM is pacing nervously. CASSANDRA waits angrily by the window. We hear a terrified female scream.)
PRIAM: What noise was that?
(PARIS can be heard off screen fighting for his life.)
What are you doing?
(PARIS enters the throne room, bleeding and exhausted.)
PARIS: It's the Greeks! They were inside the horse and our gates are open to the enemy.
CASSANDRA: And none of you would listen to me!
(ODYSSEUS enters steeped in triumph, he is enjoying himself. He laughs heartily as his soldiers follow him in. PRIAM, CASSANDRA and PARIS turn to run.)
ODYSSEUS: Three hornets in their nest! (laughs) Kill them!
(His soldiers run off after the King and his children.)
(The DOCTOR has managed to give the blood-lusting ODYSSEUS the slip and has made his way to his beloved Time Capsule. VICKI enters with KATARINA.)
VICKI: Doctor! Oh, Doctor!
DOCTOR: Oh, my dear child! Oh, ho, ho, ho. Oh, how lovely to see you. Where have you been all this time, hmm? And where's Steven?
VICKI: Doctor he's over there. But, I've got to talk to you.
DOCTOR: Oh, now one thing at a time child. Where's the young man?
VICKI: Katarina... Katarina this is the Doctor. Now, go and find the man you call Diomede. He's hiding amongst those pillars over there.
KATARINA: You're from the other place?
DOCTOR: But who is this child. Now pull yourself together. We've got to go.
VICKI: Katarina, go and find Diomede. He will be there. Bring him to my temple, quickly.
DOCTOR: We must all go and find him. _____.
VICKI: No, Doctor. Into the TARDIS. Quickly.
(She pushes the DOCTOR towards the door of the TARDIS.)
DOCTOR: _____. My dear child, the boy... the boy...
VICKI: Open the door and listen to me please.
DOCTOR: Oh, yes. But just be patient _____.
VICKI: Steven is safe. Katarina will bring him. Come on. We've got to talk.
DOCTOR: (talking over VICKI) Yes I know. Patience. Patience.
(STEVEN's hiding place is not safe at all, his Greek soldiers robes have caught the attention of a Trojan warrior, they are fighting. Steven is wounded horribly in the shoulder but manages to strike down the Trojan as KATARINA arrives. )
KATARINA: Diomede, Cressida has sent me.
STEVEN: Who are you?
(He is badly wounded and has very little strength left.)
KATARINA: I've come to take you to your temple. Oh, come. Quickly.
STEVEN: I can't.
KATARINA: Lean on me.
(She holds the weakened STEVEN and leads him towards the Palace.)
(PRIAM and PARIS lie dead. ODYSSEUS has CASSANDRA by the shoulders and is shaking her violently as she resists.)
ODYSSEUS: Stop struggling woman! You are reserved for Agamemnon and he's welcome to you!
CASSANDRA: Tricksters! You Greeks will never learn to fight honestly!
ODYSSEUS: But we win!
CASSANDRA: Not for long. The day will come when you will perish as you made us do!
ODYSSEUS: Take her away.
(He throws her to his soldiers.)
The high-born are reserved for Agamemnon! I can't wait to see him enjoy a talk with this one.
CASSANDRA: Ten long years we fought you Odysseus. And ten long years it will be before you see your home again.
ODYSSEUS: To Agamemnon with her! To his ship. A personal present from me.
(He laughs as CASSANDRA is dragged struggling away.)
CASSANDRA: Keep your hands off me! Keep your hands off me! Oh!
(The DOCTOR is looking at STEVEN's shoulder.)
DOCTOR: Now you sure it's just the shoulder, hmm? Right. Well, steady. Steady. Hold tight. Hold on. Yes.
(VICKI attempts to take some of STEVEN's weight.)
Careful. Just a minute. Careful. Careful, Vicki. Oh, dear, dear. This business. There we are. Now, come on bring him in. Bring him in there.
(He points at to the open door of the TARDIS. KATARINA and VICKI carry the almost unconscious time traveller into the TARDIS. The DOCTOR calls to them from outside.)
Gently and carefully. That's it. That's it. Put him on the couch.
(As the DOCTOR is about to enter the TARDIS, ODYSSEUS rushes in with his troops with swords drawn. He turns away from the open door. VICKI slips out behind him.)
ODYSSEUS: Stand still old man! Or you die. I claim your machine as part of my share!
DOCTOR: Share of what?
ODYSSEUS: The spoils of war!
DOCTOR: Now you stand back. I've gone far enough with you my Lord Odysseus. You go adventuring on your own. Be off with you.
ODYSSEUS: Seize it!
(As the soldiers rush forward, the DOCTOR leaps back into the TARDIS and slams the door.)
Come on, move! Quickly. A cart!
(The TARDIS begins to Dematerialise. As ODYSSEUS and the soldiers watch in awe, VICKI makes her escape across the square.)
Doctor! Zeus! (laughs) I wonder. Were you really Zeus, after all?
(TROILUS is bereft as he watches his beloved city burn in the night.)
TROILUS: Cressida! Cressida! Could you have betrayed us? Cressida!
(VICKI approaches from the direction of the city.)
VICKI: I came to find you.
TROILUS: Cressida what are you doing here? Where's Diomede?
VICKI: He's gone with another friend that you never met.
TROILUS: (bitterly) Back to Greece.
VICKI: No, to where I come from. You see, he wasn't really a Greek. He...
(She notices his wounds.)
Oh, Troilus you're hurt!
TROILUS: Just a bit.
VICKI: Oh, let me look.
TROILUS: No. I'll be all right. Look, Cressida.
(VICKI shakes her head.)
I don't understand.
VICKI: I... I don't suppose you ever will. That doesn't matter so long as you trust me.
TROILUS: Trust you! After all...
VICKI: I didn't betray you. That's why I stayed behind. I wanted you to know that I didn't. The main thing is I belong here now with you. If you'll have me.
TROILUS: Cressida. (pointing to the city) Look what's happened.
VICKI: There's only us now.
TROILUS: What do you mean?
VICKI: I'll explain someday. I'm sorry.
TROILUS: But... But there's nowhere to go.
VICKI: We'll find somewhere.
TROILUS: Oh, Cressida.
(They embrace and kiss. TROILUS suddenly notices some figures moving in the distance.)
(VICKI tries to pull him down out of sight.)
VICKI: Be careful they may be Greeks!
TROILUS: It's my cousin!
TROILUS: Yes, Aeneas. Oh, if only he'd come sooner!
VICKI: That's it.
VICKI: He'll help us.
TROILUS: But, there's... But, there's nothing left.
VICKI: Yes there is. There's us. We can start again. With your cousin's help we can... we can build another Troy.
(They embrace once more.)
(STEVEN's condition is worsening, the DOCTOR mops his brow while KATARINA stands helplessly by. STEVEN has some kind of infection, he is delirious and tosses and turns on the couch. The DOCTOR tuts.)
DOCTOR: That's not good. That's not good at all. Hmmm. We must get help.
KATARINA: What help is there in limbo?
DOCTOR: What's that my dear?
DOCTOR: No, no, no, no, no. Keep calm. Keep calm.
STEVEN: Is she all right?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes. She's all right. Yes, yes.
STEVEN: (pointing at KATARINA) What's she doing over there?
DOCTOR: No, no, no. That's not Vicki. That's not Vicki. Now keep calm.
STEVEN: Not Vicki?
DOCTOR: Be quiet!
STEVEN: Where is she? The Trojans will kill her. You came too soon.
DOCTOR: She's all right. She's all right. She wanted to stay.
STEVEN: The Greeks... The Greeks... The Trojans...
(STEVEN tries to rise from the couch, DOCTOR places a hand on his chest and pushes him back down.)
DOCTOR: Keep still.
STEVEN: Ahh... Ahh... Vicki.
DOCTOR: She's all right. I know she is. She's gone to find Troilus and she'll be quite all right. This is just what she wanted. Now calm down. Yes. Quiet. Quiet.
STEVEN: (whispering now) Oh, Vicki. Vicki.
DOCTOR: Oh. (sighs) You'll have to look after that young man. I think he has calmed down.
KATARINA: Strange god, you bring me peace.
DOCTOR: No I... I don't know what Vicki has advised you, but...
KATARINA: Oh, the Priestess Cressida told me all would be well and I knew it was to come.
DOCTOR: What was to come my dear?
KATARINA: That I was to die.
DOCTOR: My dear child you're not dead. That's nonsense. Hmm?
KATARINA: This is not Troy. This is not even the world. This is the journey through the beyond.
DOCTOR: Well, as you wish...
KATARINA: Thank you.
(The DOCTOR has no time to argue theology with the young slave.)
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, yes. As you wish my child. Now, I want you to keep an eye on that young man, will you. Hmm?
(KATARINA bows graciously and attends to STEVEN.)
KATARINA: Yes great god.
DOCTOR: His name is Steven. And remember Katarina, you must call me Doctor.
KATARINA: Oh, as you wish Doc.
DOCTOR: I'm not a Doc. I am not a god. Oh, my dear Vicki I hope you'll be all right. Hmm.
(His voice is overcome with emotion.)
I shall miss you child. Oh, yes. Now, those drugs.
(He goes to the console, but seems confused.)
Those drugs. What am I going to do? I must stop somewhere. But, how? I've got to! Yes! I must! I must!
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